Graduate Diagnostic Exams
Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history are required of all incoming graduate students, except those who received a Master’s degree from the LSU School of Music within the preceding four years and are entering a doctoral program. The purpose of diagnostic examinations is to determine whether students are equipped to undertake history and theory courses at the graduate level.
Students who do not take these exams will be automatically enrolled in the remedial courses in music history and music theory.
The degree of accomplishment expected is equivalent to that of LSU’s graduating seniors. On the basis of these examinations, the undergraduate courses MUS 3703, MUS 3704, and/or MUS 3710 may be required as prerequisites for graduate level courses in music history and music theory.
These examinations are critically important. Diligent preparation and review can significantly improve your performance on them. If you are required to take remedial courses, they will provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your skills.